Eden’s Thesis Idea: The Fluid Gender and Sexuality of the Gods

I haven’t landed on something specific yet, but I have in the past thought about (and enjoyed studying) the way gender and sexuality are expressed by the Ancient Greek gods, and the complexities that come along with it. I’ve really enjoyed the Gender Studies courses I’ve taken so far, and even once did a project …

Hannah’s Thesis: The Gods and their impact on human conduct?

Although I have a general idea of what I would like to focus my thesis on, I definitely am still unsure about the literature and authors I would like to highlight. In addition to Classics, I am concentrating in Gender and Sexuality Studies and will be using this specialization to narrow down my focus. I …

Hannah’s Thesis Idea: Engaging with Landscape in (some work)

Until this week, I was planning to double major in Linguistics and classical languages. I spent last semester in that department’s equivalent of this class researching a topic that would have allowed me to combine theses: the role of particles in structuring discourse. Greek is famous for its heavy use of particles (and they’ve always …

Elise De Biasio Thesis Idea: Exploration of a Macaronic Zooepic

I am interested in focusing on the theme of zooepics, specifically focusing on La moschea: the 1615 Macaronic work of Teofilo Folengo (known under the pen names Merlino Coccajo and Merlinus Cocaius). With its promising 1 star rating on Goodreads, it is clear that this piece is not popular (the low number of Google search …

Celine’s Thesis Idea: Motherhood and Political Agency in Euripides’ Elektra

The extant corpus of Greek tragedies is littered with depictions of the tragic mother; traditional readings of these plays have naturally focused on the circumstances surrounding the women and their failure to react appropriately. However, the very nature of this mode of reading reveals a pertinent characteristic of tragedy itself: the literary critic’s condemnation of …

Rose’s Thesis Idea: Something to do with Mythology

I don’t quite have any specific ideas or topics in mind for my thesis yet, but I do know that I am interested in mythology, primarily the actual stories of the myths. I’ve always loved stories and narratives, so I enjoy reading about all the gods and heroes. My favorite texts include Hesiod’s Theogony, the …

Laken’s Thesis Idea: The Power of Grief and its Role of Othering in War-Themed Tragedy

I spent most of the summer considering possible thesis topics, but the only thing I knew for certain was that I wanted to do something related to tragedy and possibly history. I read through almost all of the surviving tragedies from the three major tragedians over the course of a few months, and I was …

Claire’s thesis idea: gender fluidity in Orphic literature

I spent the summer working on a research fellowship that will be the basis for my senior thesis. The project was a study of the language used to describe gender in the Orphic Hymns, and specifically of gender fluidity. I was interested in the ways that the gods are described as transcending a seeming human …

Marion’s Thesis Idea(s): [there are multiple!] Medieval women’s letters, St. Patrick’s Confessio, and/or Classical reception.

I confess that my thesis ideas are still vague and in development. I know that I am particularly interested in Medieval, Christian Latin (possibly moving back into Late Antique, depending on what texts I end up with), and Classical reception in more recent times. I am not sure what direction to go in, because there …

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